The Legislative Branch, composed of the Senate, is led by the Executive Vice President. Each class is represented by elected Senators whose terms last one year. Evening students and transfer students are also represented on the Senate. In addition, there are several at-large Senate seats for students wishing to represent the interests of the greater student body at WCL.

The Senate proposes, considers, and votes on legislation. This includes approving the Student Bar Association Budget, chartering student organizations, amending the Constitution, and establishing the bylaws which govern SBA actions. The Senate also confirms Executive Board and Judicial Branch presidential appointees.The Senate typically meets every other week during the school year on Tuesday nights at 10:10pm in WCL Room 101. Please email for the date of our next SBA meeting.

Senate Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs

Finance Chair

Chelsea Gold

Hi, I’m Chelsea Gold, a 2L serving as an evening senator during the 2014-2015 academic year. I am a Washington, DC native and I am looking forward to serving as the Finance Chair.

Student Services Chair

Michael Murray

I am Michael Murray, I’m a 3L day student, an at-large Senator and Chair of the Student Services Committee. I am from right here in Washington, DC and I graduated from Oberlin College in 2012. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns, questions or suggestions to improve our experience at WCL. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you and I am looking forward to a great year.

Academic Affairs Chair

Brittany Knutson

Hello Everyone! I am Brittany and the 2014-2015 academic year will be my second year as an SBA member. This year I will also be chairing the Academic Affairs Committee. I decided to go to law school after five years of working in higher education. I look forward to getting to know as many WCL students as possible and advocating for any and all academic-related concerns!

Groups and Organizations Chair


3L Senators

Julie Herward

Julie Herward is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and political science from Vanderbilt University, in 2008. Between college and law school, Julie worked for the federal government for several years. At WCL, Julie is also the Managing Editor of the American University Law Review.

Ryan Van Olst

Ryan Van Olst is a 6'0 student rights machine. He is working to make sure that students looking to go into the private sector or business law are represented at WCL through the SBA. Most recently he worked for the Office of General Counsel at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the government agency responsible for AmeriCorps. He is currently serving as President for the Intellectual Property Law Society, Vice President for the Business Law Society, and recently as a Neighborhood Coordination Leader For the Equal Justice Foundation. He graduated from Florida State University, where he received a B.A. in International Affairs, a B.S. in Political Science, and a minor in Business. He was born and raised in Tampa, FL.

Jonny Armour

Hi, I’m Jonny, a 3L Senator for 2014-2015. I am originally from Los Angeles and I graduated from The University of Southern California. I worked for a political campaign in my year between undergrad and law school. I plan on pursuing a career in prosecution back in Los Angeles after law school. Please feel free to come introduce yourself and approach me with whatever is on your mind, even if you just want to chat. If you’d prefer to contact me by email, my email address is

Jeanna Lee

Jeanna Lee, a native Floridian, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Spanish minor. She has been on the WCL Student Bar Association all three years of law school and also on the board of numerous organizations. During her almost nonexistent free time, she likes to read, sketch, cook, and explore novel places. She is here to represent the student body to the best of her abilities and welcomes anyone to approach her with any concerns or suggestions.

Harini Kidambi

Harini Kidambi is a third year law student with an interest in corporate law, and looks forward to representing the third year class in SBA.

2L Senators

Farhan Chungthai

My name is Farhan Chughtai. I am a rising 2L here at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to coming into law school I was a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates and the executive director of the Student Government Association at my alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. I have a strong interest in legislative/governmental affairs, national security law, and communications law. I look forward in serving as your 2L SBA Senator at WCL.

Jess Goodall

Raised in South Africa, moved to America on a tennis scholarship. Majored in economics and finance with minors in psychology and accounting. Ran for sba to try and help make wcl a better and more enjoyable school. I have leadership experience from Johannesburg junior city council. I hope to have a great year and serve you well.

Evening Senators

Daniel Clark

Hello! I am Daniel. I am an evening Senator for 2014-2015. I am in my fourth year of the evening program, and I expect to graduate in May 2015. I grew up in Falls Church, VA, and received my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Studies concentrating in Latin American Studies and Hispanic Studies from the College of William & Mary in 2005. Most recently in my career I was a litigation Law Clerk at The Employment Law Group, an employment civil rights boutique in Washington, DC. Please email me at with any questions, concerns, or suggestions for how I can help make WCL a better place!

Ebunola Aniyikaiye

My name is Ebunola”Ebby" Aniyikaiye, and I am the evening section senator for the 2014-2015 school year. I am native to the DMV ( DC, Maryland, and VA ) and graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies and George Mason University with a Masters in Public Policy. I look forward to representing the evening students as well as the rest of the student body.

At-Large Senators

Aurelie Mathieu

Hi, I am Aurelie Mathieu and I am a 2L serving as a senator at large. I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English in 2012. I am originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and I went to High School in Broward County, FL. I am currently doing a judicial internship in Miami and then going to Geneva to study abroad. I am looking forward to serving as your senator this year and I would also love to meet most of you!

Noemie Guillaume

My name is Noémie Guillaume, a 2L serving as a Senator At-Large for the 2014-2015 school year. I’m originally from Hillside, NJ. I graduated from Emory University in 2011 and subsequently worked as a Teach for America Corps Member in Miami, FL. My primary interest areas are Entertainment and Communications Law. This summer, I will be working as a Law Clerk with the General Counsel at Radio One, Inc. In addition to working with SBA, I am also a Marshall-Brennan Teaching Fellow. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Abi Ojo-Uyi

I am a first generational Nigerian American and will be the first lawyer in my family. I am in the JD/MBA duel degree program with a goal of corporate law. I am also the Regional Coordinator for BLSA and on the E-Board for the JD/MBA club.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Youm

Salut~ My name is Jacqueline Youm and I am one of your Senators at large. I am very thrilled to support & help you in any way that I can. I graduated from Trinity Western University in Vancouver B.C. with a B.A. in Psychology & Modern Languages (Spanish & French). I am also a member of ADR and the public relations chair for BLSA. I love languages so, j'aime parler en francais y en español también~!! Looking forward to chatting with y'all & serving y'all! @+

1L Senators (Elections and information coming soon!)